January 2021

2021 PREVIEW: Zimbabwe likeliest beneficiary of South Africa chrome ore tax - poll

South Africa’s chrome ore export tax would boost investment in Zimbabwe’s chrome ore industry if it goes ahead, according to a majority of buy-side respondents to a Fastmarkets poll of UG2 market participants on the sector's outlook. Fastmarkets senior analyst Robert Cartman provides his take.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from January 14

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Thursday January 14 that are worth another look.

South African chrome, manganese miners set to compete for trucking capacity

South Africa’s chrome and manganese producers are facing competition with each other to secure trucking capacity amid Covid-19-related logistical disruptions and an impending rail shutdown, sources told Fastmarkets on Thursday January 14.

South African exports still constrained amid Covid-19 restrictions

Shipments of metals, ores and alloys from South Africa in the week to Thursday January 14 were still subject to delays and logistical disruptions caused by Covid-19-related restrictions.

China domestic ferro-chrome price surge boosts charge chrome, UG2 markets

Prices of both Chinese imported charge chrome and UG2 chrome ore continued to rise in the week to Tuesday January 12, supported by a surging domestic spot ferro-chrome market.

GLOBAL CHROME SNAPSHOT: China alloy prices surge amid tight supply; ore supported [CORRECTED]

An overview of the chrome ore and alloy markets on Tuesday January 12 and their latest price moves.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from January 7

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Thursday January 7 that are worth another look.

FOCUS: Leading Chinese FeCr producers initiate moves to mitigate surging costs

Following a recent surge in costs for ferro-chrome production in China and the release of disappointing January tender prices by consumers, two leading producers have initiated moves to strengthen alloy prices.

China leads ferro-chrome price rises in Europe as market returns from holiday

The prices of high- and low-carbon ferro-chrome in Europe rose on January 5 due to tight supply and stronger sentiment seeping into the European market from China.

Chinese chrome ore, alloy market sentiment heats up on tight supply

Domestic and imported chrome alloy and ore prices in China rose strongly in the week ended Tuesday January 5 after leading stainless steel producers in China Tsingshan Group and Baosteel increased their ferro-chrome tender prices, and alloy producers raised their offer prices and shifted to the spot market, amid rising costs and tight supply.